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1  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Blasters, Tac Vests, New Shit, Oh My! on: December 10, 2013, 03:03:13 PM

$38?  That's just someone price gouging.  They're in Walmart stores for the proper $15.
2  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: The Nerf New Blaster Thread, 2013 edition on: December 06, 2013, 05:48:38 PM
EDIT: Notice how the front of every individual shell is cross-sectioned so only the bottom half of the barrel remains. New anti-jamming feature maybe? Seem to recall someone on NerfHaven having done something similar, but I can't find it.

Second gen Vulcan refill belts already had that.  I was under the impression it was so you could actually grab the tip of the darts to unload the belts if you weren't going to fire them.
3  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: The Nerf New Gun Thread, 2013 edition on: December 03, 2013, 11:01:19 AM
Kinda figured Target couldn't keep it to themselves forever, but props to Tactical Tag for spotting the Sidestrike listed on the TRU website.

http://bazookafied.blogspot.com/2013/12/toys-r-us-zombiestrike.html
4  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Deals On Darts on: November 06, 2013, 05:50:22 PM
Very limited timing, but Amazon has a lightning deal on the 100-dart box for $20.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CS0F21M/ref=gb1h_img_c-2_3982_18fc7010?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_s=center-new-2&pf_rd_r=07VEHMSBW0SWZMPF7C19&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_p=1646453982
5  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Blue trigger Swarmfires: smaller motors?! on: October 10, 2013, 11:41:17 AM
I cannot find blue trigger swarmies anywhere though. I have checked K-mart, target, and TRU and only have seen orange triggers...

I'm sorry if I got blinded by the technical discussion and missed the answer to this, but I have to second the question of where did you come across one?
6  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Understanding and Modding the Rapidstrike on: October 10, 2013, 11:29:53 AM
Somehow by a divine act I have finally finished my Rapidstrike and it works and it hasn't caught on fire yet. 
Pics in the armory thread so I don't have duplicate posts.

Ditto.

Just wanted to say in this thread too that I did end up going the path of separate flywheel and pusher circuits with 180s for the flywheels and a RM2 for the pusher, and it's been great so far.  Batteries are two IMR 14500s for the 180s and four eneloop AAs for the RM2.
7  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Show Off Your Armory/Loadout (image heavy) on: October 10, 2013, 11:26:13 AM
Just tossing up pics of my completed RapidStrike project.





It's a full rewire with separate circuits for the flywheels and pusher motor to give me more options when messing with voltages.  180 motors for the flywheels powered by two IMR 14500 cells.  Instant startup, no full-auto range fade, and wired with braking to go silent just as fast as it roars to life.

For the pusher motor the current setup is a RM2 on four eneloop AAs.  Rate of fire is similar to 3s Trustfires on a stock blaster, and it retains fully controllable single and burst shots.  I know all the complaints about RM2s, but it works great and I'll update if it dies on me.  However, if it does die on me, I specifically used Deans connectors in between each component of the blaster, so if anything needs to be replaced, or I decide to go with a different motor/battery setup, I can just swap components at will without having to fully rewire the blaster each time.

On the outside, a big thank you to Baron Radium for doing the cosmetic work.  I added the long barrel from a Longshot barrel extension, but he did the white stripe repaint, and used bits from a Longshot scope to cleanly cover up the holes from the 180s.

It has been battle tested, and performed like a champ.
8  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Cameras on: October 10, 2013, 11:03:38 AM
My first question is, "Do you have a smartphone?", because then you might already be fine.  Just buy the necessary case to keep it safe, and a mount to hook it onto whatever you want.

All of my range test videos are filmed on an iPhone 4.  Yes a 4, not a 4s even.  Only reason there's been a ton of camera shake in the more recent ones is I added on an external mic that's making it hard to hold (fixing that with a tripod mount and a hand grip for future content).

An old iPhone or comparable model iPod would give you HD filming as well as all the functionality of an iOS device when you weren't using it as a camera, and the older stuff can be picked up at great prices.  Just make sure you can inspect the lens before buying a used one from someone to check for scratches if they didn't take care of it.

For rough and tumble HvZ footage, slap on an Otterbox Defender case and hook it onto your person or blaster, and it's invincible.  The other advantage of going with an older model iPhone or iPod is there are tons and tons of different cases and mounts on the market, and being the old model the prices are much better.  Heck, there's even the official Nerf iOS mounting kit that would go right onto the standard Nerf rails.

Obviously a dedicated camera will probably shoot better quality video, but just wanted to put this option out there, because it's worked so well for me.





Post Merge: October 10, 2013, 11:58:58 AM
On the topic of mounting cameras, any camera option really, Gnomeofdoom314 has a really neat homemade PVC frame that provides an over-the-shoulder view similar to a third-person shooter angle.  Here are a couple of examples of the footage.  Now he has an older GoPro, but the great thing about the frame is you could rig up whatever camera mount you wanted on the end of it.  If there's interest, I can tell him to hop in here and talk about it.
9  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Batteries - Flywheels and beyond on: October 01, 2013, 11:32:50 AM
In my experience it's the thermistors on 4 Trustfires.

For best results in an otherwise unmodded RapidStrike or blaster in general keep it to 3.
10  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Vortex Loadouts - Your opinion? on: September 24, 2013, 03:42:53 PM
I've always loved Vortex blasters, and if I wasn't so heavily invested in gear for darts I'd switch over in a heartbeat.  I've run a Praxis before when Vortex first came out, and it was a really fun loadout.

You definitely want a clip based Vortex blaster.  The Revonix has top ranges, but that ammo drum is way too picky.  The best Vortex primary at the moment would have to be the Pyragon.  Pure, jam-free slamfire.

There are lots of advantages Vortex has for HvZ, but it hasn't seen widespread adoption.  Most of the advantages are around the mags, and mag swap mishaps cause lots of deaths in HvZ.
  • Inserting/removing the mags do not require priming the blaster, and can be done at any time.
  • Mags are spring loaded, so you can eject a mag with your blaster hand while grabbing a fresh one with the other for faster swaps.
  • You can have "one in the chamber" of the blaster while mag swapping to cover "SURPRISE!!!" scenarios.
  • Ammo is much harder to damage, and the blasters are less picky about freshness of ammo.  Much less likely to have a "bad dart" situation get you killed, and you can carry lots of extra ammo without having to worry about crushing it.

The lack of high capacity mags on the market without buying more blasters is a pain, but seeing as mag swaps have fewer risks it isn't as much of an issue having to do more mag swaps.

My personal strategy was to get a disc primed to fire, and then top off my mags whenever possible.  Worked just fine for all the normal smaller engagements, and then I would do proper mag swaps for the larger battles.

If you can still find the $4 clearance spare mags at Target, now is a great time to build up a Vortex loadout.
11  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Show Off Your Armory/Loadout (image heavy) on: September 20, 2013, 10:12:08 PM
Slightly larger diameter (similar to Stryfe flywheels) than stock RS.

Slightly heavier rim than stryfe for more inertia.

Good to know, thanks!  Makes me glad I've got a spare set of Rayven flywheels sitting around that can go into my RapidStrike build.
12  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Show Off Your Armory/Loadout (image heavy) on: September 20, 2013, 12:30:45 PM
This is going to be a stock motor build but with better flywheels (Rayven preferable) in the host and eventually carbon brushes everywhere.

What makes the Rayven flywheels better than the RapidStrike's flywheels?  My untrained eye doesn't detect any major differences other than color and the Rayven flywheels have designs molded on them.
13  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Understanding and Modding the Rapidstrike on: September 18, 2013, 05:03:56 PM
There was this one from BritNerf if that's what you're thinking of.

Yes! That's the one exactly. Thank you!
14  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Understanding and Modding the Rapidstrike on: September 18, 2013, 03:47:40 PM
I could have sworn there was a guide somewhere on adding more adjustment points to the RS's stock.  Google is failing me, so does anyone remember where that was off hand?
15  Playing / Equipment & Toys / Re: Understanding and Modding the Rapidstrike on: September 14, 2013, 10:41:35 PM
I think you're right about it being the earlier ones that are glued.  The one I just got from Amazon.com is 31361, and no glue.
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